A withdrawal from the Waste Management Phoenix Open has cost Hideki Matsuyama his place inside the world’s top five, as he slips to sixth with Justin Rose rising to fifth.
Matsuyama withdrew at TPC Scottsdale – where he was aiming for a three-peat of titles – with an injured wrist after an opening round of 69 and has fallen to his lowest world ranking since January last year.Embed from Getty Images
Meanwhile, Rose made no start of his own last week week but is continuing to reap the rewards of a rich vein of form that now reads 12 starts, 11 top-10s, six top-fives and three wins.
They are the only changes in the world’s top 10 but there are one place hops for Tommy Fleetwood, also absent last week, ahead of Henrik Stenson into 12th and Matt Kuchar, tied fifth at Scottsdale, ahead of Pat Perez into 18th.
Gary Woodland won his third PGA Tour title and his first in five years at the Waste Management Phoenix Open and climbs 27 places to 26th in the world; that is his best ranking since 2015 when he reached a career-high of 24th.Embed from Getty Images
Woodland did have to see off Chez Reavie in a play-off, who has now ensured he will stay in the top 100 for the foreseeable future with a jump from 93rd to 61st.
From tied third at the same event Brendan Steele (51st to 35th) and Ollie Schniederjans (111th to 77th) both break the top 50 and top 100 respectively, whilst Phil Mickelson (49th to 41st) boosts his ranking with his tied fifth finish.
Alongside Mickelson and Kuchar in tied fifth was Bryson DeChambeau and Chesson Hadley who take 14 and 11 place rises to 85th and 68th respectively.
On the European Tour Shubhankar Sharma won his second title of the season and his career at the Maybank Championship and becomes the second Indian player (with Anirban Lahiri in 76th) in the 70s with a move from 193rd to 72nd.Embed from Getty Images
Spaniards Jorge Campillo (second) and Pablo Larrazábal (tied third) climb to 112th from 186th and 134th from 168th respectively. Alongside Larrazábal was Ryan Fox who is now at his best ranking of 95th, up from 126th.
Hideto Tanihara’s tied fifth sees him up six places to 71st but Dylan Frittelli (47th), also tied fifth, is unmoved.
The full, updated, rankings can be found here.
There’s a lacking field on the European Tour this week but five of the world’s top 10 head to California for the PGA Tour’s AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am putting reasonable ranking points on offer.